Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sleep apnea and GI tract condition

Sleep apnea and the way it affects your breathing causes more trouble than just keeping you awake at night. It causes problems that you may not have even considered such as GI tract conditions.

What are the GI tract conditions? Here are just a few of them…

  • Acid reflux is common among those who have sleep apnea. The acid in your stomach comes up on you while you are lying down. Luckily there is medication to take to help with acid reflux. I have had it for years and it can be miserable.  
  • There are different types of hiatal hernias. A hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach goes up through the hole in the diaphragm and this can be very painful. In my case it feels like my stomach is shifting to one side. Hiatal hernias are quite common and they can be controlled by changing your eating habits and the way you exercise and the position that you sleep in. 
  • GERD is Gastroesophageal reflux disorder where the lining of the esophagus is irritated by acid reflux. If not treated it can lead to more serious disorders. 
  • Bleeding in the upper tract may be caused by GI tract disorders this can lead to serious consequences. For the upper tract the blood can be seen in vomit.

 It should be noted that some of these disorders can also be found in people who have snoring problems also. And that a lot of GI tract conditions can be controlled by losing weight, not eating before you go to bed, eating a balanced diet and keeping your head elevated while sleeping.

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